There’s Still Time to Double your Impact for Water Education!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to our Water Docs @ School Action Projects Program on Giving Tuesday! Our Board of Directors will continue to match - DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR - every donation we get for this fantastic water education program from now until the end of December.
Check out the details of the campaign below and double your impact for water education before the end of the taxable year.
This year, all donations from our end-of-year fundraising campaign are in support of our Water Docs @ School Action Projects program, which is a cost-free program for Ontario Schools that uses a unique, hands-on approach to bring young people into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems while instilling a passion for water stewardship.
Why did we select the Water Docs @ School Program for our end-of-year campaign?
The human relationship with water is broken - if we cannot heal that relationship, human beings will continue to act in ways that are destroying water ecosystems around the world. The healing starts with our young people and the adults who support them. You can't dump plastic into waterways if you understand the deep impacts that doing so has on wildlife. You can't sell groundwater to giant companies when you understand that water is here to support life, not corporate profits. You can't ignore the fact that some people have no access to clean drinking water when you understand that water is a right for all living beings on Earth.
When you understand that WATER IS LIFE, you work to protect it.
We have left upcoming generations with an unprecedented environmental mess that they will have to clean up. We have a responsibility to support them by giving them the tools and the knowledge they need to move forward together in a way that serves all life on the planet. That is what our Water Docs @ School program has been designed to do and starting on Giving Tuesday and until the end of the year, you can help us to expand our program with your generosity.
This is how donations to the program help the students:
$30 helps distant students attend their Recognition Day in the spring, to watch the winning films and hear inspiring speakers.
$50 buys a water testing kit for a class project.
$200 helps to buy a smartphone for students who need access to filmmaking equipment.
And because our Board of Directors is matching your gift from now until the end of December, if you donate $30 to send a student to their Recognition Day, you will actually be sending two students.
Together we can protect water (and therefore life) for generations to come.
Will you double your impact for water education this Giving Tuesday and beyond?
Will you support the young people who will grow into tomorrow's water stewards?
We currently have 2300 participating students across Ontario and, with your help, we can make that number grow. Please read more about the program and double your impact for water education!
SAVE THE DATE:
The 2019 Water Docs Film Festival dates are set!
The 2019 Water Docs Film Festival will take place March 21-24, 2019, at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema! Join us this year for Canadian and International features and shorts about water, engaging discussions with filmmakers and special guests, and opportunities to take action for water.
We have some exciting announcements about this year's festival just around the corner for you. Plus, we'll be offering a special pre-festival rate on full festival passes for those who want to purchase one in December as a gift for loved ones (or you could get loved ones to purchase one for you!)
Water Docs 2018 is a wrap!
See you next festival, but here's a small taste from this year...
The Water Docs Film Festival shows outstanding films and exhibits on issues facing water systems and the people who live in them here and around the world. After each screening there were lively Q&A sessions with filmmakers, activists, artists, experts and other related speakers. Our community partners shared ways to get involved.
The festival is the joint effort of many great volunteers, partners, donors and supporters. Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped make it happen! Click here if you are interested in volunteering to help plan our work and next year's festival! If you missed the free World Water Day Celebration on March 22, click for a sample of what fracking is all about and how bad it is for our water systems.
And consider holding a Water Docs Where-You-Live event in your community, with a film and discussion.
Festival films covered the gamut of water issues, explored some possibilities for action, and celebrated the joy of water in our lives in a myriad of ways. We inaugurated the Water Warrior Award, with Maude Barlow taking the honours for her passionate and tireless work for water over the years.
Of note, this year nearly all of our films were submitted, so if you're a filmmaker who is working on a film about water, you can submit for next year's festival starting in July. Keep an eye on our Film Freeway profile for announcements about the 2019 Water Docs Film Festival.
Check out some of the trailers of the films we screened this year by clicking the button below and if you missed the festival you can see some of the highlights in the video below.